Community Health Education

M.P.H.

A community can be a few city blocks or an entire state, a workplace or a university, a community center or a place of worship, a preschool or an assisted living facility. Wherever you hope your career in community health leads to, our Master of Public Health (MPH) specialization in Community Health can prepare you to analyze the public health needs of those around you and develop programs to improve the population’s health. Become a community health education, executive health director or any number of other roles whose job it is to make the lives of others happier and healthier.

Offered online and taught by a team of public health experts, the Master of Public Health (MPH) from Concordia University, Nebraska is grounded in the Christian faith and can be completed in as few as two years and 8 weeks. Because public health entails so many professions, any number of majors will have prepared you for this program, including community health, biology, human services, and exercise science. And, the GRE is not required, making it even more convenient for working professionals.

Community Health Education Program Outcomes

  • Develop and assess healthcare strategies and programs to protect and promote the health of individuals, groups, and communities
  • Design and evaluate public programs and policies to promote health according to the specific needs of different populations
  • Implement public health programs that reflect data-driven and effective communication, leadership, and advocacy skills
  • Critically review, analyze, and apply findings and recommendations from medical literature and related research
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative public health research using the latest accepted methodologies
  • Act according to principles of ethical reasoning and professional practice implicit in public health decisions
  • Enter the public health workforce with knowledge and skills consistent with the five key domains of public health as recognized by the Association of Schools of Public Health Education Committee:
    • Biostatistics
    • Environmental health
    • Epidemiology
    • Health policy and management
    • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Engage in public health practice with a clear understanding of the values and ethics that define the profession

Get On Your Way

The next start date for Community Health Education is Monday, May 1.

Community Health EducationCourses

  • Total Credits 39
  • Total Courses 13
  • Course Length 8 weeks

Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Public Health is a 39 credit-hour degree program. Concordia will accept up to 9 credit hours of qualifying transfer credit for this online program.

Core Courses

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    MPH 500 Fundamentals of Public Health
    3
    This course provides an introduction and overview of the scope and history of public health and the core concepts that represent the foundation of the field.
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    MPH 505 Biostatistics
    3
    Biostatistics introduces the concepts of fundamental statistical data analysis. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, standard probability distributions, sampling distributions, point and confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing, power and sample size estimation, oneand two-sample parametric and non-parametric methods for analyzing continuous or discrete data, linear regression, ANOVA, and experimental design in addressing, analyzing and solving problems in public health, health care, clinical, and population-based research. The emphasis will be on interpretation, concepts, and use of statistical software. Prerequisites: An undergraduate introduction to statistics course.
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    MPH 510 Applied Epidemiology
    3
    Students will examine core principles of epidemiology, statistical evaluation, and the impact of microbial diseases on the health of community and clinic-based populations. The epidemiology and prevention of chronic diseases will also be emphasized.
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    MPH 515 Principles of Health Behaviors
    3
    This course provides a broad overview of the field of behavioral health, examining a variety of behavioral models and theories in order to better understand behavior change, health risk behavior and psychological/behavioral factors that affect physical conditions in individuals and populations. Emphasis is placed on applying theory to a variety of health concerns.
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    MPH 520 Concepts of Environmental Health
    3
    This course examines several concepts including biological, chemical, physical, and psychosocial aspects in environmental health and applies them to the prevention of environmentally induced diseases. Additionally, the course explores issues related to biological monitoring of environmental health hazards, health surveillance, environmental monitoring, and current environmental standards governing air, water, food, and soil quality.
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    MPH 525 Health Policy and Management
    3
    This course will take a broad look at how health care works in the United States and how public health was developed, managed and funded. We will look at laws that relate to the provision of both public and private health care.
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    MPH 530 Methods of Research in Public Health
    3
    This course focuses on practical issues in health research studies. Topics include an overview of public health research, ethics in research, the theory/research relationships, formulating research questions, specifying study design and objectives, defining variables, the validity and reliability of measures, scale construction, formatting questionnaires, developing analysis plans, choosing data collection methods, sampling techniques and sample size, developing and completing research studies, preparing data for analysis, and reporting findings.
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    MPH 598 Applied Research in Public Health
    3
    This course enables you to apply research methodologies learned in previous classes. You will complete a research project incorporating -research that can be applied to public health. You must incorporate a proposition that has been successfully evaluated and appropriately cited with statistics.
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    MPH 599 Public Health Practicum
    3
    The practicum offers practical experience to build competence in the specialization of general public health.

Community Health Education

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    MPH 560 Public Health Ethics
    3
    Coursework examines the fundamental ethical issues in public health research and practice, with a special emphasis on professional ethics, morality, and faith.
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    MPH 584 Community Health
    3
    This course introduces students to crucial global health issues and culminates in a weeklong face-to-face trip to a developing country. Students will explore health determinants and key areas of disease burden that affect developing nations and study the role that health technology plays in solving these problems.
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    MPH 585 Programming & Evaluation in Public Health
    3
    Perform a community needs assessment and identify what type of public health program(s) are needed in your community. Students will then develop a plan to implement a public health program to meet that need. The plan must have objectives that are measurable, and a budget that is financially feasible. Most importantly, any public health program that utilizes resources must be able to show a return on investment (ROI) in value toward improving population health. Finally, the plan needs to have specific tasks and timelines delegated to responsible team members that will complete them.
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    MPH 588 Marketing Public Health
    3
    This course offers an overview of the strategic and tactical practice of social marketing including basic principles, the planning process, the role of research in social marketing, message development and delivery, and evaluation of social marketing programs.

Optional Course

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    MPH 583 Global Health
    3
    This course is a highly recommended face-to-face elective that introduces students to crucial global health issues and culminates in a weeklong, face to face, trip to a developing country; recent trips have been to Guatemala and Belize. Students will explore health determinants and key areas of disease burden which affect developing nations, understanding the role that health technology plays in solving these problems.
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